US announces additional security assistance for Ukraine
Flags of the USA and Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
The United States officially announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine on Feb. 24, on the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) said in a press release.
The package, which totals $2 billion, is being provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities rather than delivering equipment that is drawn down from DoD stocks.
“One year on, the commitment of the United States, together with some 50 countries who have rallied to rush urgently needed assistance to Ukraine, has only strengthened,” reads the report.
The security assistance package includes:
- additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- additional 155mm artillery rounds;
- munitions for laser-guided rocket systems;
- CyberLux K8 UAS (unmanned aircraft systems);
- Switchblade 600 UAS;
- Altius-600 UAS;
- Jump 20 UAS;
- counter-UAS and electronic warfare detection equipment;
- mine clearing equipment;
- secure communications support equipment;
- funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
During a surprise visit to Ukraine on Feb. 20, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new military aid package to Ukraine worth $460 million, which includes shells for HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, four Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Javelin anti-tank missile systems, etc.
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